Iowa’s Smith-Marsette arrested on suspicion of drunk driving
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving early Sunday and will be suspended for next weekend’s home game against Michigan State.
Smith-Marsette was driving a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro when Iowa City police pulled him over for speeding about 1:30 a.m., hours after the Hawkeyes’ 21-20 loss to Northwestern.
A police report said Smith-Marsette was traveling 74 mph in a 30-mph zone, and the responding officer described Smith-Marsette as having bloodshot and watery eyes and smelling of alcohol. Smith-Marsette failed field sobriety tests, and his blood-alcohol content was .13. The legal limit is .08.
“I was disappointed to learn that Ihmir Smith-Marsette made a number of dangerous and potentially harmful decisions early this morning,” coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement. “First and foremost, I am thankful no one was hurt.
“Ihmir will be suspended for Saturday’s game against Michigan State. His availability for future games will be determined as he goes through the University of Iowa Student Athlete Code of Conduct process, which includes counseling and other department protocols,” he said.
Ferentz said Smith-Marsette was apologetic and disappointed in himself.
Smith-Marsette was the Hawks’ leading receiver last season, and he had a team-leading seven catches for 84 yards against Northwestern.
The senior from Newark, New Jersey, went into the Northwestern game as the top kickoff returner in Big Ten history, averaging 29.4 yards on 48 career returns.
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